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Friday, June 12, 2015

And Now for the Most Daunting Task

I have almost reached the point where I must tackle perhaps the toughest portion of my garden... the flower bed along the property line with one of my next door neighbors.  There was a narrow strip of lawn on my neighbor's property between my flower bed and the fence which surrounds his back yard.  For the last several years he has allowed that strip to go wild... probably to punish me for having called the police several times when his dogs were barking incessantly in the wee hours of the morning.  The strip has become a jungle of trees, brambles, vines and weeds.



Of course the weeds spread into my garden.  The worst is this prickly weed that grows several feet high.  I don't know what it is, but, since it has leaves similar to a dandelion, I refer to it as a "prickly dandelion".  I have to carefully dig each one out by the roots.  Like a dandelion, if it isn't pulled out by the roots, it will simply grow back.  I hate wearing gloves when I do my gardening, but for this task I have to.



In the flower bed I have a very invasive plant called a "goose-neck loosestrife".  I normally would be very meticulous about not allowing my plants to spread into neighboring property, but in this case I happily allow it to invade.

 
 
 
Here's a picture from a couple summers ago of the loosestrife in bloom.  It's a pretty plant, but must be constantly kept under control.
 



The other day as I was surveying the mess, I noticed this vine which was running rampant.  Seeing its three leaves, I immediately thought, "Is that poison ivy?" 

 
 
I went on the internet and read about poison ivy and looked at pictures of it.  In many ways it fit the description to a "tee".  But then I went out and took a closer look at the plant.  The branches have thorns, and poison ivy does NOT have thorns.  So at least I can tackle this job without ending up being covered with a rash!  

4 comments:

  1. Oh my gosh, THAT will be no fun at all! The blooming loosestrife (another flower I've never seen before) is lovely and so delicate. Good luck...........

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    1. Thanks, Barbara. I got a start on it today, but I didn't get far because it started to rain.
      There are several varieties of loosestrife. All are invasive. In addition to the gooseneck, there are purple and pink loosestrife. They have upright spires of blossoms. I have all three in my garden, but the gooseneck seems to be the most invasive.

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  2. I believe that your "prickly dandelion" is a variety of thistle. My neighbor battles with them every year but they keep coming back and they keep invading my yard. They have a cute pinky-purple flower if you leave them alone and let them do their thing.
    Gayle

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    1. Yes, it does get a purple flower. I'd just as soon not let them flower and spread more seeds! I just got in from the garden, and I dug out more than a dozen of them. And I am only through a third of that strip of garden.

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